I am looking to create an app with similar features as Tinder but in a different industry. This app would also include the ability to make purchases from other sellers and pay them via PayPal. I do not have skills in app/web development and I’m not sure where to start.
Honestly, I used craigslist when I first got into app development. I was in the same boat as you and decided to go hustle to find a developer interested in my idea. I found several, went through a couple of bad ones, and eventually ran into my dev now through a friend in LA. Sometimes life leads you into crazy connections.
Big thing is to share your idea and actively go into the communities developers are in. Like technical meetups, code camps, etc. Talk about what you are doing with people you meet there and you might be surprised what happens!
You could hire developers (toptal.com) or learn to develop the app (coursera/udacity). There are a few "app makers" for non-programmers out there but they are limited in scope & ability.
It depends! What kind of progress have you made on the non-technical front? Are there customers clamoring for the product? Do you have LOIs from potential first customers? Do you have paying customers using a solution you've hacked together? Have you proven that there is demand for your product?
If you haven't, then there are ways to hack a product together to try to do that. You could hire a CS student for an internship and have them build a low fidelity prototype. You could use a tool like Wordpress or Shopify which have a low learning curve to build out a prototype yourself.
If you have, then I'd say take the plunge, spend some money and hire a development team that understands your vision and can produce a high quality product. A tech co-founder / coder isn't really the best solution if speed to market is important to you.
Please feel free to reach out to me here or on linkedIn if you have any questions.
If you have already evaluated the opportunity, write your business plan. Who you approach to build your app can have as much strategy as the app itself. Before you move forward with providing app designer with details, protect your work as best you can and sign them to a proper contract.
I'm sort of over that step. Going with a development agency is bit more expensive but quality is good. Depending on your projects size, one developer could work just fine. Must say, if it's the sorta app that's getting dev all the time(social apps), someone might already have a coded template they can tweak unique way and save you a ton of money.
I have no specialist knowledge of app development, however I did come across a company that offer a white label version of an app that seems to offer similar functionality to Tinder to help individuals connect 1 on 1.
They can be found at https://m14.industries. The proposition they offer seems quite good from what little I read.
I have no connection with them and saw their pitch while watching Dragon's Den (UK version of Shark Tank) and had my interest suitably piqued to check them out.
I had a brief e-mail exchange with them and seemed willing to at least try to have a go at developing any additional features I may require, but really didn't pursue it any further to feel able to make any sort of recommendation - but may be worth a look.
Hopefully this is of some help.